A cat’s average lifespan is purportedly around 16 years. A cat’s living condition is a great factor when it comes to its life duration. For felines living outdoors, they are lucky to even reach at least 10 years while indoor cats can easily exceed the 16 years average. Aside from the environmental factor, a cat’s genetic makeup can also decide how long a kitty lives. On this note, here are 7 cat breeds that reportedly have the longest lifespan.
The official record holder of longest living cat is a Burmese feline that lived for 35 years. Of course, this age isn’t the average for the Burmese breed but they do live longer than other cat breeds. Supposedly, the expected lifespan for this type of feline is between 18 to 20 years.
This sociable and sometimes a bit loud cat breed is also among those that have the longest lifespan. Supposedly, Siamese cats can live for 16 to 20 years. The oldest Siamese kitty lived up to 30 years of age.
Quite an opposite to Siamese cats in terms of energy level, this laidback kitty also lives for a long time. A healthy Ragdoll kitty can live for 15 to 25 years. Supposedly, this kitty matures slowly; it seems that their overall slow pace in life is probably why they can live longer.
Known for their unique looks that boast the lack of hair, Sphynx kitties also live for a long time. Their average lifespan is between 15 to 20 years, quite similar to Siamese felines. As long as they are given the right care, Sphynx cats can live long despite some of their differences with other cats. Also, the oldest living Sphynx lived to be 34 years old; proving that this feline breed is just as tough or even tougher than others.
Beautiful cats famous for their sleek black coats, Bombays are also among the feline breeds that have the longest lifespan. Many in the list of longest living cats that lived up to 30 years of age are tagged as black cats; though their actual breed is unknown, there is a high chance of having an unlisted Bombay kitty in the record. But even if there weren’t any Bombay cats specifically listed there, these felines can reach 20 years of age, a lifespan higher than other breeds.
Persian cats are popular for their adorable looks and flowing coat. Moreover, these kitties are also among those that have higher expectations on living for a long time. The expected lifespan is between 15 to 20 years.
The current generation of Balinese cats are adapted from Siamese. Besides sharing a few similarities in looks, the Balinese cats seem to have also inherited the genetic makeup from its parent breed, contributing to its long lifespan. This cat breed’s average lifespan is 18 to 22 years.
These are some of the cat breeds that have the longest lifespan. It is safe to say that most of these cats will not reach a ripe age if not because of their guardians’ proper care and attention. Of course, their very own genetic makeup give them not the rumored 9 lives but over 20 years of life.